“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” is a quote by Neale Donald Walsch and was recently given to me by one of my friends as we started our Coastal Journey. Most of us live each day in our “Comfort Zone”. Steve and I were no different. We had a comfortable, but somewhat predictable life. We changed things up with travel and friends, but for the most part we were “safe”. When we looked at our retirement, was being safe what we wanted – predictability, routine? Life with a sameness. That did not seem like either of us. What we have seen that happens to people as they age is that there world becomes smaller and smaller and their comfort zone shrinks.
We took 5 months to try out boat living before departing on our long journey. We had spent a lot of time on the water, but living in a small space is certainly an adjustment. Simple tasks that were easy at home now required a “process” as I like to say. Cooking takes preparation and time. To give you an example, my pots and pans are very condensed into an ottoman. So many things are stored in furniture under the cushions or even under the floor boards. We happen to have a lot of storage space, but it is not always easily accessible. The bar and the blender are always worth the struggle though!
The first 2 months were the hardest as we put things on the boat and then put them back in the storage unit. Plus, we never went anywhere so it felt like Tiny Houses! Making an oddly shaped bed with flat sheets was one task that can bring anyone to exhaustion. After 6 weeks I folded in and ended up ordering customized bottom sheets and having the bedspreads cut down. Heaven! We had many everyday tasks that we were out of our Comfort Zone that we had to adapt to.
So we have left our Comfort Zone to experience new places, new people, ways of doing things, new horizons and new adventures. We are looking to expand our Comfort Zone and that quote is so appropriate for us. Life is just beginning on Gypsies Palace!
As I write this we have completed Day 3 of our Coastal Journey. We are making it a real party by getting together with friends throughout the state of Florida along the east coast. Steve and I thought about how we felt when we left our neighbor’s dock and Comfort Zone: Excited, Apprehensive, Anxious, Sad, Relieved, Relaxed and Happy to be on our way.
Here is a close up of our Loopers Burgee (flag) that will identify us to other Loopers as we go along. We will join other Loopers in New Bern, NC at the end of the month. I love that it shows the route. We are excited to be on our way!